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Andrew14,535 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I accept your view JamesWorldNews, but yes whilst Ruth, Schofield or Lorraine can conduct any such interviews, they will not hold the interviewee to such hard hitting probing questions of vital importance.
These government officials and decision makers doing the interview rounds this morning will just be replayed as soundbites on the 6 o'clock news.
Will the CMO still be trawling the studios at 10pm to be asked the hard questions by Huw, Maitlis or Bradby? No, the broadcaster will replay edited soundbites from the earlier softer questioning.

Sounds to me like you didn’t watch it.


I did. It was one of the most informative interviews I've seen throughout the whole crisis.

I’m guessing Holly and Phil asked real questions like real people

Whereas other presenters and reporters would just go in with ‘You’re wrong, you’re doing it all wrong, I’m right, why aren’t you doing it my way’
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Steve Williams3,173 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Whereas other presenters and reporters would just go in with ‘You’re wrong, you’re doing it all wrong, I’m right, why aren’t you doing it my way’


Well, indeed, why must the interviews with the Chief Medical Officer have to be "hard-hitting", anyway? The point of their job is to provide information to the public and they need to have the space to be able to do that, not face a relentless interrogation. The job of their appearances on shows like This Morning and The One Show is to give across the information in the clearest and most effective manner possible.

I'm not saying there isn't the opportunity for interviews to ask them why they've taken a certain path as opposed to another, but it's not like they're interrogating some lying politician, the CMO and his colleagues are there to provide advice and guidance and they're clearly doing their level best to do that. Certainly you would suggest that Chris Whitty has the absolute respect of the vast majority of the public. So why must they be ambushed by interviewers?

If you were to start laying into people like that, I think the interviews would be of fair less use, they'd become a shouting match and in the circumstances many viewers would find them more alarming and upsetting than enlightening. Compare the occasions in recent weeks when Piers Morgan and Dan Walker have interviewed the same people in quick succession, I would certainly say the Walker interviews have been more successful and the audience have learned more from them because they've had time to make their points and explain them fully.

Yes, there may be questions to ask about the path they've taken, but most of those can wait until after the event when we have an inquiry. The number one priority now is information and advice. It's already frightening enough without people shouting about how everyone's doing it wrong.
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UKnews959 posts since 26 Apr 2011
I'd add that when I've heard non-political figures like Chris Whitty on the Today programme - where you might expect a more 'combative' interview - they've been asked questions, sometimes challenging ones about the UK's approach, but they've been done in a very respectful manor. I've heard no hint of an attempt to ambush. Inquisitive is probably the best word to describe it, seeking an explanation, and because the CMO and other experts have been so clear in delivering them, the listener has gained a greater understanding.
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JCB2,165 posts since 21 Sep 2004
Politicians and experts will go on shows like This Morning because they target an audience who wouldn't watch a straight news show.

The important thing here which I think some people are missing is that they're trying to get the message out about social distancing and quarantine to an audience who wouldn't normally listen to government advice.


So you're saying This Morning viewers are thick?

There does seem to be an air of snobbery around the likes of This Morning and also daytime shows.


Well they didn't exactly help themselves with the infamous light weight Boris Johnson interview and selfie.
Jon8,618 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
Politicians and experts will go on shows like This Morning because they target an audience who wouldn't watch a straight news show.

The important thing here which I think some people are missing is that they're trying to get the message out about social distancing and quarantine to an audience who wouldn't normally listen to government advice.


So you're saying This Morning viewers are thick?

No. They just might not interested in news programming.
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Markymark8,226 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Politicians and experts will go on shows like This Morning because they target an audience who wouldn't watch a straight news show.

The important thing here which I think some people are missing is that they're trying to get the message out about social distancing and quarantine to an audience who wouldn't normally listen to government advice.


So you're saying This Morning viewers are thick?

No. They just might not interested in news programming.


Indeed. I know a 75 year old, who virtually never watches the news, but does watch TM and LW etc. It's taken quite a battle to get the message through to her
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Ne1L C1,825 posts since 11 Sep 2011
That would sound like very depressing programming, solid 'hard hitting' news and nothing remotely light allowed.

Maybe they should just have Piers barking orders at government ministers all day, demanding they make up policy that works for every single scenario on the spot.

Well face facts, we are already in "very depressing" times. So "hard hitting" news, reporting, and holding decion makers to account is paramount now more than ever.
For those who wish to remain blinkerd, they should switch to one of the many other non PSB channels or tv players.


Are you suggesting that the channels replace their output with something like this?

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Because all that would happen is Netflix would have record numbers of viewers.



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JCB2,165 posts since 21 Sep 2004
Politicians and experts will go on shows like This Morning because they target an audience who wouldn't watch a straight news show.

The important thing here which I think some people are missing is that they're trying to get the message out about social distancing and quarantine to an audience who wouldn't normally listen to government advice.


So you're saying This Morning viewers are thick?

No. They just might not interested in news programming.


2 weeks ago, sure. Not now though. How much longer do we have to wait for these idoits who are still sunbathing in parks and taking family trips to Tesco to "get the message"?. They're not 8yr olds. There's simply no excuse anymore.
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Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
I didn't sense any frostiness, it could just be jarring because I don't think they've co-presented like this before.

One can only assume this is very temporary set up because surely Susanna is not going to be ditched at 9am for Lorraine.

I suspect Susanna and Lorraine will co-host as well - be interesting when Susanna returns if they keep to two presenters.

You also have to expect that other presenters will go into isolation themselves at some point, so Lorraine might even end up doing the full show.
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FOX3543 posts since 13 Oct 2017
Granada North West Today
Wrong. Politians and experts go on shows like This Morning because they DO target a certain audience (usually who are not up to speed with political issues) unchallanged by political thinking proffesional journalists. They know they will get an easy ride by daytime tv presenters and so can force their will accross without propper challenge. Blatant Government propaganda.
This is also starting to happen in the now controlled 5pm Downing Street breifings, with a small selection of hand picked journalists reduced to 1 question each via skype and the answers are not related or been vigourosly challenged as they are sticking to their script.
The Government has now shut down Parliament also, so now even less scruitiny and accountability for the decision makers.
It is times like this, even more so now with Parliament wrongly shut down, when everything should be questioned and scrutinised appropiatley by politically trained journalists or we will all head blind folded down the road to an autocratic police state.
But hey ho, lets all watch daytime tv drivel and it might go away.
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UKnews959 posts since 26 Apr 2011

So you're saying This Morning viewers are thick?

No. They just might not interested in news programming.


2 weeks ago, sure. Not now though. How much longer do we have to wait for these idoits who are still sunbathing in parks and taking family trips to Tesco to "get the message"?. They're not 8yr olds. There's simply no excuse anymore.

Not long. Fixed penalty fines in force from today are:


1st offence: £60 (£30 if paid quickly)
2nd offence:£120
3rd offence: £240
4th offence: £480
5th and subsequent offence: £960

That should sort things out!
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all new Phil3,751 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
I didn't sense any frostiness, it could just be jarring because I don't think they've co-presented like this before.

One can only assume this is very temporary set up because surely Susanna is not going to be ditched at 9am for Lorraine.

I suspect Susanna and Lorraine will co-host as well - be interesting when Susanna returns if they keep to two presenters.

You also have to expect that other presenters will go into isolation themselves at some point, so Lorraine might even end up doing the full show.

Ranvir tweeted something today that suggested 2 presenters was a social distancing thing, so when Susanna is back I’d assume Charlotte will either be off completely or not at the desk.
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